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Films with the most Oscars
11 Oscars
Ben-Hur (1959, 12 noms)
Titanic (1997, 14 noms)

10 Oscars
West Side Story (1961, 11 noms)

9 Oscars
Gigi (1958, 9 noms)
The Last Emperor (1987, 9 noms)
The English Patient (1996, 12 noms)

8 Oscars
Gone With the Wind (1939, 13 noms)
From Here to Eternity (1953, 13 noms)
On the Waterfront (1954, 12 noms)
My Fair Lady (1964, 12 noms)
Cabaret (1972, 10 noms)
Gandhi (1983, 11 noms)
Amadeus (1984, 11 noms)

7 Oscars
Going My Way (1944, 10 noms)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, 8 noms)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, 8 noms)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962, 10 noms)
Patton (1970, 10 noms)
The Sting (1973, 10 noms)
Out of Africa (1985, 11 noms)
Dances With Wolves (1990, 12 noms)
Schindler’s List (1993, 12 noms)
Shakespeare in Love (1998, 13 noms)

The Turning Point and The Color Purple share the record for most nominations without a win, with 11.

Foreign-language films also nominated for best picture
Grand Illusion (1938, France)
Z(1969, Algeria)
The Emigrants (1972, Sweden)
Cries and Whispers (1973, Sweden)
Il Postino (The Postman) (1995, Italy)
Life Is Beautiful (1998, Italy)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, Taiwan)

Foreign-language films nominated for the most Oscars
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, 10 nominations, 4 wins)
Life Is Beautiful (1998, 7 nominations, 3 wins)
Das Boot (1982, 6 nominations, 0 wins)
Fanny and Alexander (1983, 6 nominations, 3 wins)

Thesps with the most consecutive acting noms
Bette Davis (1938-42)
Greer Garson (1941-45)

Jennifer Jones (1943-46)
Thelma Ritter (1950-53)
Marlon Brando (1951-54)
Al Pacino (1972-75)
Elizabeth Taylor (1957-60)

Spencer Tracy (1936-38)
Gary Cooper (1941-43)
Ingrid Bergman (1943-45)
Gregory Peck (1945-47)
Deborah Kerr (1956-58)
Richard Burton (1964-66)
Jack Nicholson (1973-75)
Jane Fonda (1977-79)
Meryl Streep (1981-83)
Glenn Close (1982-84)
William Hurt (1985-87)
Russell Crowe (1999-2001)

People nominated for acting in, and directing and writing a film:
Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, 1941)
Woody Allen (Annie Hall, 1978)
Warren Beatty (Heaven Can Wait, 1978)
Warren Beatty (Reds, 1981)
Roberto Benigni (Life Is Beautiful, 1998)

Films in which the entire cast was nominated for Oscars:
Sleuth (1972)
Give ’em Hell Harry (1975)

Only films to win best picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay:
It Happened One Night (1934)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The only actors to win consecutive Oscars:
Luise Rainer (1936-37)
Spencer Tracy (1937-38)
Katharine Hepburn (1967-68)
Jason Robards (1976-77)
Tom Hanks (1993-94)

The only people to direct themselves to acting Oscars:
Laurence Olivier, Hamlet (1948)
Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful, (1998)

Only tie for best actor and actress:
Wallace Beery (The Champ) and Fredric March(Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) 1931-32
Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter) and Barbra Streisand(Funny Girl)

The only consecutive double Oscar winners:
Joseph L. Mankiewicz won directing and screenplay Oscars for A Letter to Three Wives in 1949 and All About Eve in 1950
Alan Menken won Oscars for song and original score in 1991 for Beauty and the Beast and again the following year for Aladdin.

Only silent film to win best picture:
Wings (1927-28)

The first color film to win best picture:
Gone With the Wind (1939)

Only sequel to win best picture:
The Godfather, Part II (1974)

The only animated film nominated for best picture:
Beauty and the Beast (1991)

The first film to be released on video before winning best picture:
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Only telepic to be adapted into a best picture-winning film:

The first posthumous Oscar winner:
Sidney Howard (for the screenplay of) Gone With the Wind (1939)

The only posthumous acting award winner:
Peter Finch (actor) Network (1976)

Shortest performance to win an Oscar:
Judi Dench won supporting actress in 1998 for her less than eight minutes of screentime as Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love.

Shortest performance to win a leading Oscar:
Anthony Hopkins won best actor in 1991 for less than 16 minutes of screentime as Dr. Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.

Only twins to win Oscars:
Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein shared the screenplay Oscar with Howard Koch for Casablanca (1943).

The only Oscar to win an Oscar:
Oscar Hammerstein II (song: 1941, 1945)

First non-Hollywood film to win best picture:
Hamlet (1948), financed and filmed in England

Only Westerns to win best picture:
Dances With Wolves (1990)

Only films to win three Oscars for acting:
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Only films to win both best actor and actress:
It Happened One Night (1934)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Coming Home (1978)
On Golden Pond (1981)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
As Good as It Gets (1997)

Only African-American actors to win Oscars:
Hattie McDaniel (supporting actress, Gone With the Wind)
Sidney Poitier (actor, Lilies of the Field)
Louis Gossett Jr. (supporting actor, An Officer and a Gentleman)
Denzel Washington (supporting actor, Glory)
Whoopi Goldberg (supporting actress, Ghost)
Cuba Gooding Jr. (supporting actor, Jerry Maguire)

The longest gap between nomination and victory:
Jack Palance, nominated for Sudden Fear (1952), won for City Slickers (1992)

Only women nominated as best director:
Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties, 1976)
Jane Campion (The Piano, 1994)

(Sources: Arnold James Wayen’s “The Envelope Please,” John Harkness’ “The Academy Awards Handbook,”,,

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